Absolutely never use a tow dolly to haul a Spit!!!!
You will not be in the car when the rear end noises start and warn you that
something is wrong. And even if nothing does go wrong, you
would have to disconnect the drive shaft to keep the transmission from turning
without any oil being circulated in it. The oil is
slung by the input shaft which would not be moving. Opels are not Spitfires!
BEST BET is to get all 4 wheels off the ground. Better safe than sorry!
Marcus Schaper wrote:
> A tow dolly is fine. I used a U-Haul dolly to get my Spit home and worked
>just fine. Towing vehicle was a 79 Volkswagen camper.
> I just towed a 59 Opel on a dolly for 1400 miles and it didn't do anything to
>the diff. The only thing of concern are automatic transmissions that need a
>running engine for lubrication; but that should not be an issue for a Spit.....
> >>> "Banbury, Terrence" <Terrence.Banbury@dnr.state.oh.us> 5/15/00 15:36:01
> Using a two wheel dolly on the front, I'd be concerned that my rear would
> hit the pavement over bumps, etc. I'd go with a tow bar or trailer. Not an
> expert on trans, but if it is in neutral, I think your ok. Same for the
> diff. Of course, seek wiser counsel....
> > ----------
> > From: Richard Stieg[SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> > Reply To: Richard Stieg
> > Sent: Monday, May 15, 2000 3:00 PM
> > To: email@example.com
> > Subject: towing a spit.
> > Now that my 75 is a going concern, I want to tow the thing to the Gulf
> > Coast
> > for a week. I couldnt find a reference to how best to tow a spit behind a
> > motorhome for 550 miles @ 70 mph in the digest. I will rent a 4-wheel
> > trailer (bulky and hard to store) if a two-wheel dolly will not work. I
> > remember something about not turning the diffy at speed for very long
> > unless
> > you remove the drive shaft. (uck) If I make sure the trans in neutral,
> > would I cause too many problems towing with the front wheels on a dolly?
> > Or should I bite the bullet and rent a big trailer?
> > TIA, listers.
> > rick stieg